Working closely with your Individual Education Plan (IEP) in high school

Each high school in Ontario creates Individual Education Plans (IEP) for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This is all part of the province-wide standards that school boards must follow with students who are deaf or hard of hearing who receive a special education.

The IEP is a written plan describing the special education program required. It identifies learning expectations that are modified from, or alternative to, the expectations given in the curriculum for the grade and course, and any accommodations and special education services needed to assist you in achieving your learning expectations. This IEP includes a transition plan with the following elements:

  • specific goals for transitioning to post-secondary or work activities
  • the actions required, now and in the future, to achieve the stated goals
  • the people involved (you, parents, educators, providers of specialized support and services, community agencies) in providing assistance in the completion of each of the identified actions
  • timelines for the implementation of each of the identified actions
  • To make sure your transition plan is successful after high school, it is important that you:
  • work hard and do well in high school and be ready for your future
  • do your career assessments (see Assessment Tools) and make sure you are clear on training and/or employment goals
  • check closely the job market and trends (see Working in Canada tool or Ontario Skills Passport)
  • work closely with a service provider familiar with deaf and hard of hearing needs and challenges (i.e. The Canadian Hearing Society)
  • accept your hearing loss and focus on maximizing your strengths, abilities and talents
  • make sure you know exactly what your accommodation needs are and expect them at higher education centres and at work
  • develop your self-advocacy skills to ensure your self-reliance
  • be aware of all the available resources in your community (see Resources)
  • understand that you, alone, know what employment goals are best for you, in consultation with family and friends

Adapted from: Individual Education Plans, Ministry of Education, Ontario

Transition Planning: A resource Guide

Ontario Prospects 2009, Ministry of Education

Choosing your course of life after high school, Ministry of Education

Open Doors: You and the Job Market

Transition Skills Guidelines, Laurent Clerc Center National Deaf Education Center